We’re hiring!

Makom is hiring; come and work with us! Read on to learn about our community and our current openings.

Organization Overview

Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is an inclusive community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture. Makom inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.

Makom Afterschool provides high-quality, pluralistic Jewish and Hebrew-language education in three neighbourhood public schools to students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5. Children from the diversity of downtown Jewish families find their place in our warm and welcoming community.

In Makom ATID, Jewish pre-teens and teens discover the wisdom Judaism holds for their maturing minds and bodies in today’s world. Students in Grades 6-8 gather twice a week for nuanced, pluralistic Jewish learning; Hebrew conversation and literacy; and hanging out with their peers.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Director of Education and Youth Programming

Permanent position
Full time (negotiable based on availability, interest, and skillset)
Required hours: Monday-Thursday 3-6pm, occasional evenings and weekends; other hours flexible
Start Date: July 2, 2024 (flexible)
Location: Toronto, ON

Position Responsibilities

The Director of Education and Youth Programming will advance Makom’s mission of connecting diverse downtown Jewish children, teens, and families with high-quality Jewish education, meaningful Jewish experiences, and vibrant Jewish community.  Reporting to Makom’s Rabbi and working closely with him and the Managing Director, the Director of Education and Youth Programming will strengthen Hebrew and Jewish learning, grow Makom Afterschool’s and Makom ATID’s student bodies, and expand the reach and deepen the impact of Makom Families, pre-teens, and Downtown Jewish Teens programming.

This position may be full time or part time, depending on the successful candidate’s availability, interest, and ability to perform the roles outlined below.

As the Director of Education (80% of full time), the successful candidate will:

  • Oversee all pedagogic aspects of Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID;
  • Formulate strategic plans to implement the visions for Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID in collaboration with lay leaders and the Rabbi;
  • Form positive relationships with students and parents and help them connect with Jewish life and Makom;
  • Recruit and retain students and families in Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID;
  • Hire, support, and supervise teachers and teaching assistants (e.g., assist with lesson planning, observe classes, provide guidance, and conduct regular staff meetings);
  • Supervise the curriculum writer;
  • Communicate with current and prospective students’ parents;
  • Plan field trips and special activities;
  • Design and oversee implementation of student learning assessments;
  • Evaluate programs;
  • Meet with lay leaders on Makom Afterschool/ATID Leadership Council; and
  • Liaise with host-schools’ principals;

Additionally, as the Director of Youth Programming (20% of fulltime), the successful candidate will:

  • Form warm relationships with families, pre-teens, and teens and help them connect with Jewish life and Makom;
  • Develop and run monthly programming for Makom Families, pre-teens, and Downtown Jewish Teens;
  • Plan and lead Family Services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and occasional Shabbatot;
  • Recruit participants; and
  • Maintain and expand existing community partnerships.

Qualifications

  • Passion for Jewish learning, Hebrew language, and helping diverse Jews of all ages connect with Judaism and Jewish community
  • Ability to foster a pluralistic approach to Jewish education for diverse students, teens, and families
  • Experience running educational programming
  • Experience hiring, managing, and supervising teaching staff
  • Success in student recruitment and retention
  • BA or diploma in Education, Early Childhood Education, or related field
  • Two or more years of elementary teaching experience
  • Excellent relational skills – ability to form collaborative bonds and communicate well with children and youth, parents, teachers, TDSB teachers and principals, lay leaders, and colleagues
  • Strong professional skills – ability to work quickly, independently, and with accountability
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Creativity and enthusiasm to try new approaches
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce high-quality written and media materials
  • Fluency in English; strong knowledge of Hebrew and Judaism
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Compensation

Equivalent to $60,000-$70,000 for full-time employment, commensurate with experience.

Benefits package includes professional development opportunities; extended health insurance; life insurance; disability; and paid vacation days, sick days, and statutory holidays.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to adina@makomTO.org by May 15, 2024

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher

Openings Available:
Mon & Weds (Seaton Village)
Tues & Thurs (Kensington Market or Wychwood)
3-6pm

Location: Toronto, ON

We seek experienced, creative, and energetic teachers for Makom Afterschool.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach classes twice (or four times) per week to children in JK/SK, grades 1-2, or grades 3-5
  • Prepare lesson plans for 1½ hours per class
  • Supervise recess and snack time
  • Pick up students from their public-school classrooms
  • Create and maintain a positive, welcoming and inclusive class community
  • Teach Hebrew literacy and conversation following a set curriculum with space for individualized planning and approach
  • Teach Hebrew through play-based and experiential modes of education
  • Teach Jewish values, culture and traditions in a pluralistic and inclusive fashion
  • Attend monthly staff meetings (paid) to plan and for pedagogical support

Qualifications:

  • Hebrew and English fluency
  • Expertise in one or several of the following: Early Childhood Education, teaching Hebrew as a second language, experiential or informal Jewish Education, differentiated classrooms, and classroom management
  • Experience with classroom teaching, lesson planning, and pedagogy
  • Background in Jewish studies and tradition
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to children’s social and emotional development
  • Desire to grow and learn professionally
  • Passion for working with children
  • Reliable and responsible

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with experiential education methods
  • Familiarity with child development and ability to apply it to lesson planning and instruction
  • Training or experience in the Early Childhood setting
  • Experience with differentiated classrooms, teaching multiple ages at once

All Makom Afterschool staff are required to take CPR training and pass a police Vulnerable Sector check, both of which will be paid for by Makom.

Salary

$45/hour starting pay

To Apply

Please submit your current resume to rachelim@makomto.org. For more information, please visit our website: https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/

Teaching Assistant

Mon & Weds (Seaton Village)
Tues & Thurs (Kensington Market or Wychwood)
3-6pm

Location: Toronto, ON

We are looking for creative, energetic and reliable teaching assistants for Makom Afterschool

Responsibilities:

  • Assist twice (or four times) per week in a class of children in JK/SK, grades 1-2, or grades 3-5
  • Support and maintain a positive, welcoming and inclusive class community and assist the Lead Teacher with classroom management
  • Supervise recess and snack time
  • Pick up students from their public-school classrooms
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with teaching Hebrew literacy and conversation
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with teaching Jewish values, culture and traditions in a pluralistic and inclusive fashion
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with classroom set-up, clean-up and record keeping
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with parent/teacher communications
  • Attend monthly staff meetings (paid) to plan and for pedagogical support

Job Requirements:

  • Hebrew proficiency; fluency preferred
  • Background in Jewish studies and tradition
  • Experience with classroom teaching, camp counselling or youth work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to children’s social and emotional development
  • Desire to grow and learn professionally
  • Passion for working with children
  • Reliability and responsibility

All Makom Afterschool staff are required to take CPR training and pass a police Vulnerable Sector check, both of which will be paid for by Makom.

Salary

$60/class starting pay

To Apply

Please submit your current resume to rachelim@makomto.org.

For more information, please visit our website: https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/

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